The ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ movie wrapped shooting in New Orleans and fan buzz has grown to “hornets on cocaine” level
The internet is full of reliable information:
The earth is a trapezoid. Stick your wet pinky finger in a light socket, you’ll get an invisibility cloak. It’s most definitely okay to eat lead if you mix it with Country Time lemonade first (don’t do this, please).
See, the internet is plenty reliable.
Five Nights at Freddy’s is based on the eponymous video game franchise, released by creator Scott Cawthon via the Desura gaming platform on Microsoft Windows in 2014. Like so many great creations, Cawthon created “Five Nights at Freddy’s” out of determined spite after developers had rejected a previous game of his for looking too unintentionally terrifying. So, he doubled down and created the intentionally horrifying killer animatronics that haunt Freddy’s Fazbear’s Pizza.
The game blossomed into a franchise encompassing nine games, a novel trilogy, internet fame, cult status, and the unassuming protagonist/night clerk Mike Schmidt, who will be played by Josh Hutcherson.
Now, after eight years in development, the buzz around Five Nights at Freddy’s is like a beehive of giant hornets that has been kicked and then doused with a handful of cocaine before the perpetrator gleefully flees for their life. The trailer was leaked last week, and Universal and Blumhouse Pictures had to work to corral the aftermath. In response to the leak, r/fivenightsatfreddy – with its nearly half a million subscribers – banned any conversation surrounding the leaked trailer to suppress spoilers. To merge with this mild frenzy of fan rabies, Blumhouse Pictures started releasing official promotional images last month to support the film’s release:
Aside from rabid fan speculation and impending borderline erotic anticipation, here’s what is firmly official about the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie:
- The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie Twitter posted on May 10th that actor/puppeteer Kevin Foster was cast as the animatronic “Freddy Fazbear”
- It will release in theatres and on Peacock simultaneously on October 27th, 2023.
- The cast includes Josh Hutcherson as Mike Schmidt, Matthew Lillard as villain William Afton, and is supported by Mary Stuart Masterson and Elizabeth Lail.
- Matthew Lillard told the WeeklyMTG podcast in January 2023 (reported February 3rd by Fangoria) that he signed a three-picture deal with Universal and Blumhouse, implying the studios have plans for a trilogy.
So, that’s the official calmly released rational studio publicity. But what’s fun about calm and rational?!
Here’s the juicier hornet-style buzz:
Fans hung an effigy of Foxy the animatronic from a crane and lit him up with fireworks…
This was posted a few days after the official movie trailer was leaked for Five Nights at Freddy’s. So, the purely speculative connection to make here is that fans were upset that the trailer was leaked, got their hands on a crane and some pyrotechnics, and decided to vent some frustration.
Or maybe they just wanted to burn Foxy.
Hardcore fans are calling for premiere tickets on Twitter…
Twitter has circulated a small but fierce call to invite “actual fans” to the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie premiere. This would be a slam-dunk PR movie by Universal and Blumhouse. Sonic the Hedgehog, The Super Mario Bros. Movie – how many examples do studios need to know to get the original fan base’s approval before releasing a film? They otherwise risk being butchered, eviscerated, or in Oregon Trail terms, dying from poor source material development dysentery.
The crew has (allegedly) celebrated a successful 43 days on set…
A relation to one of the Five Nights at Freddy’s crew posted the customized piece of memorabilia that crew members received thanking them for their work on the film. The poster looks tailor-made as something a proud owner would show their friends or, you know, post on the wall of their newly opened pizza shop.
And to tie it all together, Five Nights at Freddy’s filming locations…
Five Nights at Freddy’s is a local production that was filmed right in New Orleans. A February 23rd Reddit post showed the crew assembling Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza shop in Chalmette, Louisiana. Louisiana Entertainment published that the film was shooting “through April”. IMDB reported that other filming locations for Five Nights at Freddy’s included Laplace, Terrytown, Covington, and Metairie, Louisiana.
Fans can watch Five Nights at Freddy’s in theaters or streaming on Peacock on October 27th. Or more accurately, when fans can explore a magical place for kids and grown-ups alike, where fantasy and fun come to life.
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